Browsing All posts tagged under »Relationships«

The First Week of Parenthood

March 17, 2021

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My husband, Sid, and I have been parents to the sweetest baby boy for about five days now. Between sleeplessness and major doubts in our abilities as parents, we have been able to find moments of deep joy. When he looks into my eyes, the whole world stops. Sometimes, just looking at him, I weep. […]

A Diwali Miracle

November 17, 2020

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Re-posted from my Instagram (Nov. 14th 2020) I did it. With Sid’s help. I emerged this morning feeling different. I had spent Wednesday to Friday, especially Thursday evening onwards, feeling like crap. Diwali week crept up on me, AGAIN. Usually, I might try to NOT feel this way. To be fair, I don’t feel this […]

Mandatory Diwali Post

November 13, 2020

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This week crept up on me! In terms of dates and how it is impacting me. I just got back from my fourth Vipassana retreat, and I thought I was ready for anything life threw at me. I guess, not everything. Or maybe I am coping with it to the best of my ability. Last […]

A Journal Entry from 1997

February 27, 2019

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In 1997, I was 16 years old and in grade 11. My mother had “full-blown” Alzheimer’s. She was 46 years old. Writing in my journal was my form of therapy and probably the only productive coping tool I used during these years. I kept a diary from the time I was 13 and stopped writing […]

New Beginnings

December 10, 2018

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As a rule, I am not a celebrator of anything. And if you have been reading my blog, you will know how much special occasions and festivals traumatize me. This year has possibly been the best year of my life.  Even Diwali wasn’t as bleak as usual. I managed to not sink into a dark […]

Dissipating Anger

August 4, 2018

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“There is no such thing as releasing your anger; there is only rehearsing it.”                                                                                   […]

Rediscovering a joy from childhood

January 28, 2018

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My childhood was spent reading all the time. A.L.L T.H.E T.I.M.E. So much so that my mother had to ration my reading time. When I went home to India this time, my aunt was telling her granddaughter that she never saw me without a book and how I used to take my lunch/dinner to my […]

Five Weddings & My Mother’s Dementia

November 26, 2017

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Weddings paralyze me. Recently, I attended a good friend’s wedding in the Washington D.C. area. The morning of the wedding, I sort of had a meltdown. Sid found me in tears, weeping uncontrollably in bed. I realized, perhaps for the first time, the real reason I avoid attending weddings, or have to ply myself with […]

A Near Death Experience

September 20, 2017

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What if I were to die today? What if I had just a few moments to live? What would I feel? It was 5.15PM this evening. I was on a crowded subway, west bound to Kipling from Yonge. Two stops down, the train stalled at St. George. Injury at track level, they said. That’s code for […]

The Autobiography of a Book

September 4, 2017

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In recent times, I have been on a pre-loved books buying spree. It is always so interesting to read what a reader may have highlighted or the notes of love and endearment written as a gift, reward or another momentous event. I am perhaps trying to recreate a simpler time. In another life I was […]

Paying my respects to clients who died last year

July 9, 2017

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As part of my role, I work out of a day program once a week. I provide support to people living with dementia (PLWD) and their families through a partnership with a community agency. Over the last two years, I have formed a bond with many of them and you might have read some of […]

Becoming “Unity” – A Dementia Story

July 6, 2017

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I have always hated my name. The name given by my parents. Ekta. As a teen, I went by a childhood moniker, Sweets. But that didn’t go with the bad girl image I wanted to portray in college, so I switched it back to Ekta. Then, in 2004, Henri was born. Henri was my alter […]

A Poem for My Daughter

April 30, 2017

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My writing is the single-most important thing in life that has helped my healing. This blog has literally seen me grow up in the last 11 years. I was going through my archives and I came across this post that I had completely forgotten. So, re-posting. ____ As posted on Nov. 22nd 2009 My mum […]

800 Positive Things in my Life

April 21, 2017

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Late January this year, my soul began beseeching me to start journaling again. But not the ordinary run-o-the-mill daily happenings, rather mindfully jotting down 10 positive things that happen each day. Me being me, I ignored my soul for a week. I figured it’s only my soul, not the Dalai Lama! Till it began screaming […]

On Love, Laughter, Sushi & Dementia

March 17, 2017

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Dementia is sometimes a condition of constant losses. At The Boomers Club, we try to negate that!

Between a Hug and a Hard Place

February 8, 2017

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The day program I go to weekly serves adults with cognitive difficulties. This includes dementia, developmental delays, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), Down’s Syndrome, etc. I met Lulu* there. It’s hard to tell Lulu’s age. I am guessing she’s in her 40s. She is of a robust constitution and a quiet demeanour. She seems reserved and […]

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